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  • Other titles
    • [German] naval cutlass
    • German vessel Adler, wrecked Samoan tornado, 1889
  • Description
    Naval cutlass or Artillery or Cavalry Officers sword, associated with German vessel Adler, wrecked during Samoan tornado in 1889
    curved blade; broad fuller, length from base 21 inches; tip broken, hilt bronze, guard: sheet metal guard, possibly bronze. Broken wooden grip; missing from 1995. Scabbard: missing
  • Place
  • Other Number
    201, W1555
  • Collection area
  • Item count
  • Record richness
Naval cutlass; W1555
Naval cutlass; W1555


  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, W1555
  • Notes
    Naval cutlass or Artillery or Cavalry Officers sword (with curved blade), Associated with vessel SMS Adler, a gunboat of the Imperial German Navy that was wrecked during the Apia cyclone of 1889.
  • Event
    Apia Cyclone
  • Place
  • Date
    1 January 1889 to 31 December 1889
  • Subject category
  • Production
    unknown (maker)
    Pre 1889
    19th century
  • Consists of
  • Dimensions
    • 0 - Whole length : 890mm
      (length: blade length: 31 inches; overall length: 35 inches)
    • blade length : 787mm
  • Classification
    military (Level 1)
    › arms & armaments (Level 2)
    › edged (Level 3)
    › sword (Level 4)
    › cutlass (Level 5)
  • Classification Documents
    Revised Nomenclature for Museum Cataloging (Primary Title)
    A Revised and Expanded Version of Robert G. Chenhall's System for Classifying Man-Made Objects. (Other Title)
    Robert Chenhall
    Nashville/Tennessee/USA  (Place of Publication)  (nomenclature)
  • Record created
    10 November 2010

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